Development Charges

On Council agenda for November 30 there is a Staff report on the proposed new Development Charges (DC) for King.  In last Council meeting we had an “introduction” to the subject; in the 11/30 meeting there is much more detail, including the specific projects considered in the next 10 years and, its my understanding that it includes feedback from developers.  To clarify, inclusion of these projects does not mean they are approved. Rather they are identified as something wanted, or something as possible, in the numerous masterplans and strategies; hence we need to include them in DC study so that the cost of such is included and we can collect Development Charge funds as the developments occur.  This is extremely important work as this is the means by which the costs of growth are paid by the growth itself.  To clarify with an example: currently, to build a single detached house in King City, the DC is $38,042; proposed new rate is $39,232.  The DC Study is where you can learn more about the legislation that regulates this process and where the specific projects are included.  At Council there will be a presentation.

Christmas in King Holiday Light Tour

November 30 is the last day to register your property on the Christmas in King Holiday Light Tour.  As it is my habit to drive around King looking for beautiful light displays I am thrilled at this initiative.  Buying the map will ensure that I don’t miss any and it is such a fun way to support the King Township Food Bank. 

Resolution: phase out gas fired generators for our electricity

At Monday November 30 Council there will be debate on a resolution I have tabled.  To summarize: it is a motion to request the government of Ontario to find alternative solutions to future power demands; and very specifically to phase out gas fired generation by 2030.  Viable, economically and environmentally responsible alternatives to the current plan are available.  The current plan for providing electricity is to shutdown Pickering by 2024 and increase the use of the gas fired generators which will result in a 400% increase in greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 2040.  The options include purchasing power from Quebec’s water powered system, reversing previous cuts to energy efficiency programs, support renewable sources which are now producing electricity at a price point well below nucelar.  If we do not do this Ontario will not meet its climate targets.  Ontario will lose 1/3 of the improvement achieved by shutting down coals.  As King declared a climate emergency in July 2019 it is very appropriate that we make such a request to the Province.  To date, 4 other municipalities have unanimously endorsed similar resolutions.

I believe it would be valuable for your Council members to know what you think about this resolution; send your comments in by email to [email protected] by noon on 11/30.

Forestbrooks Hills subdivision in Schomberg

In November 30 Council there is a report recommending approval of a draft plan subdivision and the zoning bylaw for Forest Hills in Schomberg.  This is phase 2 of what has already been built on Roselean Drive.  As reviewed there has been significant public consultation prior to this stage.  As earlier today (i.e. just before reading this report) I attended a public information meeting about stormwater management I have paid particular attention to the discussion points in the report about LID (low impact development) measures being used in this project.  I am also particularly interested in the protection of  natural heritage of the site as it is of signficance:  woodlands, Schomberg River and wetlands.  Am glad to see that our Active Transportation Strategy is influencing the design.  I will be asking some question about the LID (more…)

Driveway widths and Road Occupancy & Closures

On Council agenda there is a report reviewing proposed new bylaw covering the issues of driveways and the periodic requests for road closures or occupancy.  As I read through the report, particularly the sections dealing with requests to build new driveways I found myself shaking my head in disbelief as to how confusing such an effort is both right now and has been for a number of years.  Cleaning up this confusion is long overdue; glad to see that it has been tackled by the various departments involved.